1. Marine Corps Marathon
People who have run it never shut up about it so it must be great. Plus it's in DC and hello, Marines. Ooo rah.
2. New York City Marathon
Since I was born in New York and lived there for a bit it holds quite a place in my heart. It's another one of those epic races people can never say enough good things about. My only hesitation is that I'll really need to get over that thing I have about bridges. (get it? "get over"...bridges...)
3. Boston Marathon - as a charity runner of course
Let's get one thing straight. I'll never qualify for Boston. I'm not fast. This has been discussed before and even though I'm going to make an effort to speed up a bit I'm just not built for Boston. That said, I am built for fundraising so who wants to donate?
4. London Marathon
For some reason I've never really wanted to go to London. I'm certainly not against it but since it seems to always be rainy I've always just imagined going in a "just passing through" manner where I saw all the big sites then journeyed on. No offense to the Brits of course. But what better way to see the sites than
5. Athens Marathon
I don't really think I need to explain this but just in case, Greece is where the marathon started. So there's that. There's also some history there and some kind of water. I've been to Greece and have been determined to go back ever since.
6. Chicago Marathon
Chicago is obnoxiously out of reach because it's not terribly far away from me but for some reason with the stupid lottery system it seems like it's just not meant to be. But I love Chi-town from the one time I've been there and it won't cost me an arm and a leg to get there.
7. Big Sur Marathon
Can you just look at the picture?
8. Great Wall Marathon
Marathoning means you already have a love/hate relationship with your body so why not just destroy it on hundreds of thousands of stairs across the most epic wall in the world?
9. Niagara Falls International Marathon
Due to my obsession with the great nation to my north it would only make sense that I'd want to run a race that actually takes place there. Niagara Falls is on my bucket list of places to visit anyway and I'm a sucker for good scenery.
10. Inca Trail Marathon
Remember that time I went to Peru? Well when I was there I heard a lot of talk about this Inca Trail and how beautiful and challenging and amazing it was and thought man, I should hike that trail one day. Who knew there was an associated marathon! I'll take that instead and give you back your 10 days of hiking.